'The artists were, if anything, even more colourful than the paintings, and Gayford lucidly and entertainingly lays out their characters and how they investigated what could be done with paint'
Sunday Times, Art Book of the Year
'All the good stories, and more, are here … this is a genuinely encyclopaedic work, unlike anything else I have come across on the topic, informed by a deep love and understanding of modern painting. Everybody interested in the subject should read it'
Andrew Marr, Sunday Times
'If you are interested in modern British art, the book is unputdownable. If you are not, read it.'
Grey Gowrie, Financial Times
'Wise and generous'
Julian Barnes, Guardian